My Wonder Studio
“O Little Town of Bethlehem” Diorama
Friday, December 2, 2022

After assembling the scenery (including the stable), you can also use this activity as a Christmas advent calendar by daily placing a new figure on the scenery. There are 24 figures. Start on December 1st by setting up the scenery and stable, then continue adding 1 figure a day until the 24th when all pieces will be on display in time for Christmas Day.

You will need:

  • scissors
  • glue stick or white glue
  • metal ruler to make a straight cut or score
  • old pen with no ink for scoring
  • colored pencils or markers if coloring yourself

Printing

Download PDF and print either pages 4 to 9 for the colored version or pages 10 to 15 for the black-and-white version (to color after printing). Print on card stock or heavier paper (such as 160 g. paper).

Instructions for assembling the background

Glue the four sections of the town background together. (The tab on piece 1 connects to piece 2, the tab on piece 2 to piece 3, and the tab on piece 3 to piece 4.) Once the glue has dried, the display can be folded like an accordion and set on a large piece of green or light brown colored paper.

Fold the small stable (page 6 or 12) and set to the side of your scenery.

Assembling the figures

  1. Score along the dotted line at the bottom of the figure. (See “Scoring” on page 2.)
  2. Cut out the picture along the black border.
  3. Cut along the small line in the middle.
  4. Fold the tabs under the figure as shown in the picture with one tab folded forward and the other behind.

Optional: For more stability, glue the figure on a small piece of card stock (preferably, the same color as the color used for the scenery floor).

Created and illustrated by Didier Martin.
Copyright © 2022 by Didier Martin. Used by permission.
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